Prince Harry, you are growing up to be MY HERO.
Along with getting tested for AIDS like a BOSS, my fave ginge Prince has been hosting lots of fun philanthropic event,s including a BBQ for Heads Together, the mental health umbrella organization he started with William and Kate. Harry has made i a point to spent a lot of time with mental health care providers and people struggling with their own mental health. He even touched upon the fact that he himself wished he had started talking about his motherâ€™s death much sooner, because he thought it would be “weak.” Check it:
Prince Harry has revealed that he regrets â€˜not talkingâ€™ about the death of his mother Princess Diana for much of his life. Speaking with former football star Rio Ferdinand, who lost his wife to cancer last year, Harry, 31, discussed bereavement at a Kensington Palace barbecue for mental health campaign group Heads Together. The young royal discussed the impact the Princess of Walesâ€™ death in 1997, when Harry was 12, has had on him when asked by Ferdinand how he coped with the loss.
The prince admitted that it was only three years ago that he began to open up about how he felt about losing his mother, saying he didnâ€™t speak about Dianaâ€™s death â€˜for the first 28 years of my life.â€™ He said heâ€™d come to realise that talking was the key: â€˜It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem. A lot of people think if youâ€™ve got a job, if youâ€™ve got financial security, if youâ€™ve got a family, youâ€™ve got a house, all that sort of stuff, everyone seems to think that is all you need and you are absolutely fine to deal with stuff.â€™
â€˜It is very easy for someone to look at someone like Rio Ferdinand and say, â€œYou get paid all the money in the world, you are a successful footballer, you have fast cars.â€ But at the end of the day his wife was snatched from him at an early stage of his life with her. So of course he is going to suffer, it doesnâ€™t matter if he has an amazing job.â€™
The prince said the â€˜key messageâ€™ is that â€˜anyone can suffer from mental health problems, whether youâ€™re a member of the Royal Family, whether youâ€™re a soldier, whether youâ€™re a sports star, whether youâ€™re a team sport, individual sport, whether youâ€™re a white van driver, whether youâ€™re a mother, father, a child, it doesnâ€™t really matter. What youâ€™ve had to go through in your day, week, year, (the) experience youâ€™ve had â€“ whether itâ€™s losing a parent, whether itâ€™s depression, whether itâ€™s anxiety, whatever it is â€“ you are actually unbelievably similar to each other in the way you have to deal with it.â€™
Love this message, and I’m loving who Harry has grown into- a really sensitive, empathetic, universally-liked and socially proactive adult. He’s totally helping the de-stigmatization of mental health issues and it’s a really good thing.